Chuck McShane


Chuck McShane is vice president of research at the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance where he is responsible for strategic economic development, workforce and policy research and analysis. He is also a freelance writer whose work regularly appears in Charlotte Magazine and Our State. Chuck started his career as a staff reporter and copy editor at several newspapers including The Charlotte Observer and The Herald of Rock Hill, S.C.


Chuck holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy, master's in public administration, as well as his master's and bachelor's in history, all from UNC Charlotte.


Economic development, demographic change, micropolitan areas and small town dynamics, urban policy, urban history, Charlotte history.


Stories by Chuck McShane

National ranking puts Charlotte near bottom for 'ParkScore'

If a new ranking finds Charlotte has the largest parks, by size, in the country, why does the city rank so low overall? The latest ParkScore ranking takes more into account than size alone. (Photo:...

Another step for pedestrians on one of city's least-walkable streets

On Charlotte's least pedestrian- and bike-friendly type of street - a parkway - a new asphalt trail is open, connecting UNC Charlotte to apartments along University City Boulevard. It's part of the...

Charlotte ranked 10th most dangerous metro for pedestrians

The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia area ranks 10th most dangerous metro for pedestrians, according to a study, Dangerous by Design, released this week by the National Complete Streets...

Morganton, Burnsville among N.C.'s Great Places

Burnsville and Morganton beat out Charlotte-area places to become the 2014 People's Choice winners in the APA-NC's "Great Places in N.C." contest. (Photo: Linda Brown)

Envisioning a walkable Monroe Road is asking readers to nominate spots in the Charlotte region that need a design makeover. This week's suggestion is to make a section of Monroe Road more appealing to...